Norfolk’s Armourfest puts tanks to the test

Isaac Falcke, nine, tries out a Saracen during Armourfest by the Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St

Isaac Falcke, nine, tries out a Saracen during Armourfest by the Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St Peter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Some of the military's most powerful vehicles were put through their paces this weekend as families got the chance to get up-close and personal with tanks.

Visitors take a ride in a Hagglunds BV 206 tracked all-terrain carrier during Armourfest by the Norf

Visitors take a ride in a Hagglunds BV 206 tracked all-terrain carrier during Armourfest by the Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St Peter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Armourfest returned on Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11, with tanks crushing cars, live action displays and a national memorial.

The popular event, held at the Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St Peter, saw hundreds of visitors from around the country.

Stephen Machaye, director of the museum, said: "It is a privilege to have The Poppy of Honour 2018 with us here in Norfolk."

Other military vehicles, including Saladin armoured cars, were put through different challenges in the arena.

The family, Jackie and Tony Couldrake, and their son-in-law, Richard Smith, centre, in their First W

The family, Jackie and Tony Couldrake, and their son-in-law, Richard Smith, centre, in their First World War trench on display at Armourfest at Forncett St Peter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019


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The museum is hosting the Poppy of Honour memorial until August 12 which is an 8ft tall poppy shaped glass sculpture surrounded by steel silhouettes of four soldiers. It contains the names and ranks of all 1,115,47`British and Commonwealth serviceman who were lost in the First World War

For more information visit the Norfolk Tank Museum website.

Tim Read from Barningham, front, with his German Stug III tank called Hildegard, and friend John Web

Tim Read from Barningham, front, with his German Stug III tank called Hildegard, and friend John Webster, during Armourfest by the Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St Peter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Vehicles on display during Armourfest by the Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St Peter. Picture: DENI

Vehicles on display during Armourfest by the Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St Peter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Chairman of the Poppy of Honour group, Terry Williams, with the poppy memorial bearing 1,117,635 na

Chairman of the Poppy of Honour group, Terry Williams, with the poppy memorial bearing 1,117,635 names of those who died in the First World War handwritten on individual poppies, on display at Armourfest at Forncett St Peter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

The Poppy of Honour memorial bearing 1,117,635 names of those who died in the First World War handwr

The Poppy of Honour memorial bearing 1,117,635 names of those who died in the First World War handwritten on individual poppies, on display at Armourfest at Forncett St Peter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

John Hobson, 70, veteran from the Worcestshire and Cheshire regiments, with his granchildren, from

John Hobson, 70, veteran from the Worcestshire and Cheshire regiments, with his granchildren, from left, Aaron, 12; James, 10, and Amber Scott, six; on a Chieftain tank during Armourfest by the Norfolk Tank Museum at Forncett St Peter. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

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